Lucky or Not- Solar Eclipse January 15, 2010

15 January 2010

I got really disappointed I thought I missed it. Well, I over slept this afternoon. When I went online, some friends Plurked that it was still ongoing. So I immediately went to our condo's rooftop hoping to capture this wonderful event. It was very cloudy and the wind was very cool.
sweet nothings

I do consider myself lucky and blessed. I was able to experience 3 Celestial Events for the past 6 months.
1. Solar Eclipse July 22, 2009

2. Just recently, I was able to capture the rare "Blue Moon"- A Lunar Wonder January 1 & 2, 2010
And as we begin 2010, I was able to witness a new one. To my surprise, today's eclipse was also the longest Annular Solar Eclipse for the millennium. I was able to view it wearing my sunglasses and through my camera's lens. But it didn't manifest on my shots. I used an improvised filter, but it didn't work.
sweet nothings
I may not be successful taking the picture of today's Solar Eclipse, but I am grateful to witness it with my own eyes, and was still able to take a spectacular image of the sun.
"Photographing an eclipse is possible with fairly common camera equipment. In order for the disk of the sun/moon to be easily visible, a fairly high magnification telephoto lens is needed (70–200 mm for a 35 mm camera), and for the disk to fill most of the frame, a longer lens is needed (over 500 mm). As with viewing the sun directly, looking at it through the viewfinder of a camera can produce damage to the retina, so care is advised." -source-

The next total event is the solar eclipse of July 11, 2010.

5 comments:

Willa said...

I was wondering and was almost about to post & ask the question on FB why I didn't see it, then I realized I'm on a different time zone, *boink!*

survivor mom said...

spectacular photos. Thanks for sharing .

kikamz said...

love the fiery shots of the sun ench. lucky you to have witnessed these events. i cannot see the sun from where i am right now, it is always raining and cloudy and dark and gloomy. i hope that on july 11, i will be able to witness it. and thanks for the tip on how to photograph an eclipse! it sure will be very helpful. hugs!

Chris said...

I didnt get to see it here as it was so cloudy that day :(

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